The Vista Death Watch

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| Microsoft has extended the life of Windows XP because Vista has simply not
| shown any life in the market. We have to begin to ask ourselves if we are
| really looking at Windows Me/2007, destined to be a disdained flop. By all
| estimates the number of Vista installations hovers around the number of Macs
| in use.
| How did this happen? And what’s going to happen next? Does Microsoft have a
| Plan B? A number of possibilities come to mind, and these things must be
| considered by the company itself.

How fast is Windows Vista?


Boot virus shipped on German laptops

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| According to German sources, anywhere between 10,000 and 100,000 systems may
| be infected...

The XP alternative for Vista PCs

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| However, demand for XP has remained. In April, Dell brought XP back as an
| option even on consumer PCs.
| There is an issue, though, over how long PC makers can keep selling machines
| with Windows XP as the preloaded operating system. Microsoft is requiring
| large PC makers to stop selling XP-based systems as of January 31, though
| some PC makers would like to sell XP machines for longer.
| "We're all lobbying for it," Farris said.

EU victory leaves questions for Vista

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| European antitrust regulators' victory over Microsoft was a resounding smack
| at the software maker's old business practices, but it left analysts divided
| as to how the company's new businesses, including Windows Vista, might be
| affected. *

Vista burns laptop hard disks - Failure eight times higher than under XP

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| The hard disk’s temperature can get ten degrees higher than the vendors’
| specifications allow. This could cause hard disk failures eight times more
| frequent than with XP.

The Death of Windows Vista Extras

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| The bottom line is that the Ultimate Extras team has gone underground.
| Microsoft cannot expect Ultimate users to survive on a preview of Windows
| DreamScene with an outdated Content Pack and two Windows Vista wallpapers.
| For $399, Microsoft has to cough up palpable results. *
| But so far, all is dead on the Ultimate Extras front. Even the blog went
| quiet after mid March, and I have a feeling that silence from the Ultimate
| Extras team is not what Ultimate users want to "hear." *

Nine burning questions about how Vista is really doing

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| Instead, there's so much spin * -- from Microsoft, *from rivals such
| as Apple Inc., *from market analysts pushing research and more research
| -- it would even leave Sasha Cohen dizzy. Here's our attempt to unravel
| this puzzle-shrinkwrapped-in-a-mystery.